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PAIR2005 Development and International Relations

Module Overview

• To take a deep and critical look at the contested nature of development and to evaluate the development achievement. • To study in depth the mainstream economic development ideology from the early 1980s to the present, focusing on the Washington and post-Washington consensus and associated ideas of global economic integration. • To focus on the implementation and results of global development policies via: the structural and institutional reform of national economies by the policies of the IMF and World Bank; the liberalisation of trade, finance and investment; and the most recent World Bank policies, especially on poverty alleviation and Private Sector Development. • To examine the developmental state model prevalent in East Asia

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Be fully conversant with contemporary global level debates about development for the new century • Have a sound empirical knowledge of the global development architecture

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the post 1945 history of development thinking from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the policies of international financial institutions and their impact upon development


• Questioning Development • U.S. Hegemony: Past and Present • The South in the International Economy • The International Financial Institutions: From • Structural Adjustment to Poverty Reduction • Welfare Spending in the South • The International Trading System • Intellectual Property Rights • Strong States: The East Asian Developmental Model • Poverty And Inequality • Neo-Imperialism and the Rise of the GovernanceState

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Mixture of lecturing, student led seminars. Various media used during lectures

Independent Study121
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

P.W.Preston (1997). Development Theory. 

Annie Taylor and Caroline Thomas (eds) (1999). Global Trade and Global Social Issues. 

R. Kaplinsky (2005). Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Between a rock and a hard place. 

P Burnell & V. Randall (2008). Politics in the Developing World. 

John Rapley (1996). Understanding Development. 

John Glenn (2007). Globalization: North-South Perspectives. 

Majid Rahnema with Victoria Bawtree (eds) (1998). The Post Development Reader. 

Caroline Thomas (2000). Global Governance, Development and Human Security. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3 hours) 100%

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PAIR1001

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